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Casting Net: James Cosmo joins 'Tomorrow;' the Coen brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' rounds out cast

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• Game of Thrones‘ James Cosmo has signed on for Tomorrow. Martin Scorsese is executive producing the military drama. Cosmo joins previously announced cast members Stephen Fry, Stephanie Leonidas, Sebastian Street, Stuart Brennan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Paul Kaye, and Joss Stone. Martha Pinson, Scorsese’s long-time script supervisor, will make her feature directorial debut with the film, which follows the lives of soldiers trying to re-immerse themselves into society. Street and Brennan wrote the script. They are producing alongside Dean M. Woodford. Emma Tillinger Koskoff is executive producing with Scorsese. [Variety]

• Patrick Fischler, David Krumholtz, Fisher Stevens, and Clancy Brown have been cast in Hail, Caesar!, from Joel and Ethan Coen. The new additions join an all-star cast: George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, and Tilda Swinton. The Hollywood-set period comedy follows Eddie Mannix, a fixer in the 1950s Hollywood studio circuit, who gets caught up in the midst of a star’s mysterious disappearance in the middle of filming. Krumholtz, Fischler, and Stevens will play screenwriters who are communists, while Brown will play an actor in a movie-within-a-movie, Hail, Caesar! Universal will handle distribution of the film, from Working Title. [THR]    

• Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has boarded Jay Roach‘s Trumbo. The film tells the life of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. It stars Bryan Cranston as the titular character with Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, John Goodman, Peter Mackenzie, and Roger Bart. Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play Virgil Brooks, a powerful and harsh man who works at Ashland Federal Prision and is charged with Trumbo’s daily tasks. ShivHans Pictures’ Shivani Rawat, Nimitt Mankad, and Monica Levinson and Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams are producing along with Kevin Brown and John McNamara. [THR]

• Bitsie Tulloch (Grimm) has joined Sony’s untitled NFL concussion film, which stars Will Smith as a neuropathologist studying the long-term effects of head trauma experienced by professional football players. Tulloch will play Keana Strzelczyk, the wife of a former NFL player. Peter Landesman wrote and is directing the film, which is based on Jeanne Marie Laskas‘ GQ article “Game Brain.” The article uncovered CTE, the concussion syndrome that affected the suicides of former NFL stars, including Dave Duerson and Junior Seau. Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman, and Elizabeth Cantillon are producing. Michael Schaefer and David Crockett are executive producing. The film begins production in a few weeks. [Deadline]

• Morris Chestnut has been cast in Bus 657, joining Robert DeNiro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Dave Bautista, and Gina Carano. Scott Mann is directing. The film follows a father who, along with a co-worker, robs casino and hijacks a bus full of hostages in order to pay for his daughter’s medical treatment. DeNiro will play casino owner Frank “The Pope.” Chestnut will play Frank’s right-hand-man, Derrick “Dog” Prince, who must bring the stolen money back before the cops seize it. Stephen Sepher and Max Adams wrote the script. Randall Emmet and George Furla are producing for Emmett/Furla/Oasis. The film began shooting this week in Alabama. [Deadline]

• Rosie Day has signed on for All Roads Lead To Rome. The romantic comedy stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Raoul Bova, and is being directed by Ella Lemhagen. The Rome-set film tells the story of a woman (Parker) and her former Italian lover (Bova) who go on a road trip across Italy to find her teenage daughter (Day) as she tries to return to New York and her love interest. Silvio Muraglia, Andrea Iervolino, and Monika Bacardi are producing. Frank Konigsberg and David Wyler are executive producing with Viki Marras co-producing. [Deadline]

• Cardinal X has added Francesca Eastwood, Pierson Fodé, and Scott Keiji Takeda to its cast. The semi-autobiographical, indie college drama comes from writer-director Angie Wang, and stars The Leftovers‘ Annie Q. Set in the 1980s, the film follows a college student (Annie Q) who becomes an expert in making and selling ecstasy. Elisa DonovanRon YuanAalyrah CaldwellYetide BadakiDevon Libran, and Noah Segan will also be in the film. Richard Bosner is producing. Cassian Elwes is executive producing. Cardinal X marks Wang’s first film. [THR]

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